Cunderdin cancer patient supported with treatment closer to home

Cunderdin cancer patient supported with treatment closer to home

A Cunderdin local has been one of the first patients in the state to receive new treatment for his prostate cancer diagnosis delivered closer to his hometown.

Alec Fissioli was first diagnosed with prostate cancer after his yearly blood test came back with a PSA reading of 7.

The former WA College of Agriculture-Cunderdin staff member, has been treated at Icon Cancer Centre Midland with the introduction of Western Australia's first linear accelerator-based stereotactic radiation therapy treatment.

Mr Fissioli said the access to the shorter term of radiation therapy saved him more then 9400km in travel, on top of the burden of costs and time.

He said with the treatment available in Midland, he had the choice of staying in the comfort of his own home rather than in other accommodation options.

"Living out in the country, having to travel to Perth for five weeks of treatment would have been quite a challenge," Mr Fissioli said.

"My two daughters would've had to have transported me around all the time, that would've been very difficult.

"Five treatments has been really easy, it's just an hour and a half drive into Midland which was most convenient for me."

Mr Fissioli said throughout his treatment the support from Icon Midland had helped make the experience easier.

"My wife, who passed away from bowel cancer in 2013, went through 18 months of treatment including chemotherapy and radiation therapy," he said.

"I thought I knew what to expect as that was very hard, but this has been completely different.

"The clinic is absolutely wonderful with a great crew.

"Honestly, very little has been difficult for me throughout this process, everything has been very straightforward with no stress.

"I hope everyone gets looked after like I have."

Since the Icon Cancer Centre opened in June 2017, it has offered treatment choices for cancer patients in Perth's north-eastern corridor and the Wheatbelt region.